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Samsung rolls out first mass-produced 3D NAND flash memory chip

Samsung has announced that it has begun volume production of what it characterizes as "the industry's first" vertically stacked NAND flash-memory chip.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Aug 2013

CSC enslaves Infochimps to create army of big data monkeymen

In an announcement so garbled that our Big Data Translator had to be coated in Hadoop-based lubricant to spew out some sense, analytics company Infochimps has been acquired by outsourcer-extraordinaire CSC.
Jack Clark, 07 Aug 2013

US feds: 'Let's make streaming copyrighted content a FELONY'

A report by the US Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force recommends that the government make the streaming of copyrighted material a felony.
Iain Thomson, 07 Aug 2013
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Twitter hardens two-factor authentication with app-based secure logins

Barely two months after rolling out two-factor authentication, Twitter has beefed up its login procedures yet again, both to improve security and to make two-factor available to more Twitter users worldwide.
Neil McAllister, 07 Aug 2013

Smashing your phone? There's an app stupid game for that

Smashing your phone ? There's an app stupid game for that Just when you though the “there's an app for that” jokes didn't have much life left in them, along comes Send Me to Heaven, aka S.M.T.H., a game that encourages you to despatch you phone to the next life by tossing it into the air.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2013
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Actifio plans wider data management portfolio

Upstart storage startup Actifio has quickly made a splash with its “copy data” products, but the company has already set its sights on a more comprehensive suite of data management tools including business intelligence wares.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2013
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Bloke straps shed to Ford Zephyr and chases it on bike

Reg reader Richard Smith has called for one Brit to be awarded a Special Projects Bureau medal after strapping a shed to a Ford Zephyr and and chasing it on a bicycle.
Lester Haines, 07 Aug 2013

End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

The "blink"* element, a feature of early web browsers that made text blink on and off, has been banished in the latest version of Firefox.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2013
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Queensland bans IBM from future work

The Australian State of Queensland has barred IBM from future government work, “until it improves its governance and contracting practices.”
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2013

See a young Brit's mobe? 55% chance it has nekkid selfies on it, claims poll

Roughly half the young adult Brits polled in a survey have admitted to keeping naughty pictures of themselves or others on their mobile phones. One in ten confessed to accidentally sending dirty photos to the wrong person.
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2013
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Top Brit biz giants love to outsource IT so much, they're gonna do it more

Most UK businesses involved in outsourcing IT are planning to either increase or maintain the current levels to which they outsource, according to a new survey.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Aug 2013
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Penguins, I give you: The SOLAR-POWERED Ubuntu laptop

WeWi Telecommunications has built what it claims is the world’s first “fully solar-powered laptop”, which it says never needs to be juiced up at the mains.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2013
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Google patents swish, swosh, swoosh pattern unlock app swipe

Google has a new, freshly approved patent up its sleeve that should get rid of a few of the gestures involved when you launch your favourite app on your locked phone.
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Tax dodging? It's harder to do - and rarer - than you think

Video So you'd like to know how to avoid tax. After all, everyone else seems to be doing it, so why end up as the Muggins who has to pay while everyone else mugs the Treasury?
Tim Worstall, 07 Aug 2013

The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

Feature So there you are in the cinema. Watching Titanic again for some reason. Kate Winslet has just saucily suggested to Leonardo Di Caprio that he paints her like one of his French girls.
Michael Moran, 07 Aug 2013
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UK plods cuff another bloke in Twitter violence threat probe

A 32-year-old man has been arrested by cops investigating violent threats against high-profile women on Twitter.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Aug 2013
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Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

The European Space Agency (ESA) has chipped in €1m to study the viability of the Skylon spaceplane concept - a radical single stage to orbit (SSTO) vehicle whose motors use "a synthesis of elements from rocket and gas turbine technology".
Lester Haines, 07 Aug 2013

Facebook turns tables on profile stalkers with News Feed tweak

Facebook has tweaked its News Feed ranking algorithms in a bid to get users spending more time gazing at memes and cat pictures.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Aug 2013
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Speaking in Tech: You shouldn't EVER store data off-premises

Podcast Podcast In the latest Speaking in Tech podcast, your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch talk about folk who still mend their own servers, sometimes with the help of a nifty rack-mounted flashlight-cum-laser pointer. Get with the programme, bumpkins: pay to inhale some cloud. Oh, hang on, in the wake of revelations about …
Team Register, 07 Aug 2013
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Yahoo! announces! plan! to! change! logo! 30! times! this! month!

Web portal, search and ads firm Yahoo! is set to change its logo no fewer than 30 times over the next month.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Aug 2013

'Look, give us Snowden' - this Friday's top US-Russia talks revealed

America will hold high-level talks on political and military teamwork with Russia this Friday - despite the latter country's offer of temporary asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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Steelie Neelie finds phone calls are cheaper in Latvia than in Luxembourg

+Comment Europe's top business eurocrat Neelie Kroes has expressed her shock that poor Romanians pay less for phone calls than wealthy Germans. Her office highlighted the disparity and used the figure to call for greater regulatory intervention by the European Commission (i.e. Neelie Kroes).
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Aug 2013
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NO, ELEPHANTS, it's we DOLPHINS who NEVER FORGET our best pals

Dolphins have the longest memories in the animal kingdom, longer even than the famously unforgetful elephant, say scientists: the sea-dwelling mammals remember friends' whistles after being separated for more than 20 years.
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Hacktivists torch C4's Jon Snow's web diary, reveal 'nuke strike' on Syria

Syrian hacktivists have chalked up more media-luvvie victims after hacking into and defacing blogs run by British broadcaster Channel 4.
John Leyden, 07 Aug 2013
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Seagate's shingle bathers stalked by HGST's helium HAMR-head sharks

A performance-versus-capacity war is brewing in the hard drive industry with Seagate leading on disk-flash hybrids and WD-HGST on helium-filled devices.
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2013
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Rival French mobe firms sue Orange and Vivendi's SFR for €1.4bn

Dominant French mobile operators Orange and SFR have been hit with a compensation claim from their diminutive rivals after a court ruled their offer of free calls was anti-competitive.
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2013

Tough luck, bumpkins! Blighty broadband speed gap misery worsens

Speedy broadband networks in cities continue to infuriate country bumpkins who are running out of patience with their painfully slow internet connections.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Aug 2013

Systemax turnaround plan off the rails as losses widen

It could be a case of returning to the drawing board for the Systemax execs who drafted the 2013 turnaround blueprint: the company's Q2 financial results are steeped in red ink amid sliding sales.
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013

Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

Vodafone's new 4G mobile broadband package, announced today for the UK, will include live football or a Spotify Premium subscription, plus three months of unlimited downloads and calls - all for £26 a month.
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2013
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Patent tank VirnetX fires 'secure domain name' design claim at Apple

Security patent wielder VirnetX has tacked a newly protected design onto a fresh lawsuit against Apple over secure communications technology.

Acer shakes fist at rising DRAM and R&D costs

Acer has swung to a calendar Q2 loss caused by rising component costs and R&D investments, the Taiwanese PC maker has claimed.
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013
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Annus Horribilis for Avnet Inc

Enterprise tech distie Avnet closed off fiscal '13 on a relative high - well sort of - but the single digit sales hike came too late in the day for management to characterise the year as one of progress.
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013
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Apple can't dump Samsung, it needs those iPad displays – report

Apple and Samsung's unhappy union could be set to continue as it emerged that the fruity firm still depends on its arch-enemy to supply its display screens.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Aug 2013
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Nokia Siemens Networks to 'axe 8,500 jobs' amid biz gobble

Comms hardware maker Nokia Siemens Networks is reportedly planning to lay off as many as 8,500 staff to ratchet up profits as sales slump.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Aug 2013
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Manning's max sentence cut, may only spend up to 90 years in the cooler

Bradley Manning's maximum possible sentence for publishing tens of thousands of American classified documents via Wikileaks has been reduced from 136 years to 90 years.
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Citrix weaves together XenClient hypervisor and XenDesktop VDI stack

IT shops that are worried about security – think healthcare, government, and financial services – still want to have a hypervisor on their PC clients. This makes it easier to isolate malware and control what users have on their machines, particularly if that PC hypervisor is linked to and coordinating with a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) broker.
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Suspected brains behind bank-account-draining Gozi extradited to US

Latvia will extradite an alleged pusher of the online bank account raiding Trojan Gozi to the US - despite opposition from the Baltic republic's foreign minister.
John Leyden, 07 Aug 2013

Google adds crowd control tech to infrastructure cloud

Google has added load balancing to its infrastructure-as-a-service technology, as the company closes the gap between its cloud and those operated by Amazon and Microsoft.
Jack Clark, 07 Aug 2013
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Internet giant you may still remember (AOL) gobbles vid ad biz Adap.tv

AOL has bought advertising company Adap.tv in a bid to future-proof its online video services.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Aug 2013

Obama cancels meeting Putin in Russia, says Snowden 'a factor'

President Obama has cancelled a planned pow-wow with Russian president Vladimir Putin at next month's G20 Summit in St Petersburg, saying the granting of asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was "a factor."
Iain Thomson, 07 Aug 2013
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Malicious snoopware targeting India found at tiny Midwest ISP

Security researchers have uncovered what appears to be a malware-based attack targeting Indian military or government entities and designed to steal information.
John Leyden, 07 Aug 2013
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E-reader barons file FCC plea to opt out of disabled-friendly regs

E-reader manufacturers have petitioned to exempt themselves from accessibility regulations applied to communication services - and the FCC wants to know what you think about that.
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2013
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Chip makers shine up wafers and foils for 25th Hot Chips jamboree

It is almost that time of the year again, when the chipheads of the world converge on Stanford University for the 25th Hot Chips symposium and do a little silicon show and tell.
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Doom guy teleports into VR startup Oculus Rift

Virtual reality gaming startup Oculus Rift has appointed digital graphics pioneer and former space cowboy John Carmack as its chief technology officer.
Jack Clark, 07 Aug 2013

US federal judge: Yes, Bitcoin IS MONEY

A US federal judge has ruled that Bitcoin meets the criteria for "a form of money" under US law, paving the way for what could become a defining lawsuit for the virtual currency.
Neil McAllister, 07 Aug 2013
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SGI backs away from public clouds, chases HPC and big data

Supercomputer and high-density server maker Silicon Graphics is still not back on track to profitability, but CEO Jorge Titinger says he knows what to do: Back away from the knife fight of providing infrastructure to public cloud providers and focus on commercial HPC systems, related big data systems, and the storage that sits behind both.
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VCs toss gold into DigitalOcean

Web hosting company DigitalOcean has taken $3.2m in funding to help the company expand its engineering team and buy in more server hardware for its four colocation facilities.
Jack Clark, 07 Aug 2013